Hi everyone, I'm a first year teacher who is having some serious classroom management challenges teaching 6th grade social studies! I student taught in this school last semester and had a pretty successful experience (despite some rookie management issues) but I guess I had the support and resources of my mentor plus my two classes had some highly motivated seventh graders. Then in December I took over for a teacher who abruptly and mysteriously left mid-year and had a sometimes catastrophic time managing the classroom. I got new students for the second semester 2.5 weeks ago, and I'm already having all kinds of issues with one of my classes. None of my classes are particularly well-disciplined and structured, but I barely have a hold on one class- and it is only 19 students in a good school! They constantly talk over me, roll their eyes at me and ignore my re-directions. Whenever I calmly and privately tell them to do things like put away snacks or return to the task at hand they ignore me, and some try to turn it into a debate about how unfair and boring I am. I moved one student's seat because he was very off-task and distracted near a friend and he essentially declared mutiny on me, saying that he was miserable and I was unfair and he wasn't going to do that. Two other students who have been highly disruptive joke that I am only calling them out because they are black. They are in a class that is predominately white, and I don't know how to respond to these comments except to ignore them. Often, when I privately re-direct one student, they begin very publicly naming other students in the class and asking why I don't get them in trouble instead. Even the students who were very focused are starting to roll their eyes and look annoyed during this class because they see how little pull I have with the other students and how much time is wasted. I know I should remain calm but a few times I have become very visibly frustrated and flustered by how defiant/disrespectful they act in my class, and they can tell. I've called home twice but it hasn't had much impact yet. I feel burnt out and miserable all the time. I am scared to make interactive engaging lessons because I don't want kids acting up. This is my third time starting over with new students this year so I feel that I should have a better handle on it. I'm not even at a challenging, inner-city school. It's incredibly embarrassing knowing that the other 6th grade teachers here don't have these problems. I feel terrible because this was a dream of mine and I'm losing it completely. Am I at all cut out for this?